PWRR officers dish out Christmas

Some 140 Army Reservist soldiers from both 3rd and 4th Battalions of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) combined for their final weekend of intensive training for 2022. This being December and the last hurrah of the year meant that the troops would, in the Army’s time-honoured tradition, swap their helmets and body armour for Santa hats and a few obligatory naff Christmas jumpers to tuck in to a full-blown Christmas lunch served up by the officers and seniors.

One of the many yuletide Army traditions, and like many of the other armed services, is that the officers, warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers serve the junior ranks with their Christmas meal.    

This year we had 38 soldiers deployed to the Falkland Islands, in what is the first ever all Reservist Falkland Islands Roulement Infantry Company, six serving in Kenya and a team of eight in Italy taking part in the Italian Raid Commando military competition, better known as the Lombardia. LIEUTENANT COLONEL GARMORY,
4TH BATTALION THE PRINCESS OF WALES’S ROYAL REGIMENT

The Reservists had spent a cold weekend conducting urban operations training at a number of locations across the area culminating in a final company-sized dawn assault on Fort Purbrook, one of the Napoleonic defensive sites that overlook Portsmouth. 

In his end-of-year address to the assembled troops and shortly before taking on his festive serving duties, the Commanding Officer of the 4th Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Garmory praised both battalions for what had been an exceptionally busy time during an extraordinary year, “2022 has been quite some year, with a major war being declared in Europe and the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.”

Referring to the numerous PWRR deployments around the world he went on to say, “This year we had 38 soldiers deployed to the Falkland Islands, in what is the first ever all Reservist Falkland Islands Roulement Infantry Company, six serving in Kenya and a team of eight in Italy taking part in the Italian Raid Commando military competition, better known as the Lombardia.” 

There will be no let up in tasks either in the new year, as their commitment to Operation Interflex, the warfighting training given to Ukrainian personnel, increases threefold.